Focusing on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Fourth session of the Conference of States Parties will take place at UN Headquarters in New York on 7-9 September

“Enabling Development, Realizing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”, is the theme of this conference, which is one of the largest meetings of the international community working on disability issues. Under the sub-themes “Realizing the Convention through International Cooperation”, “Political and Civil Participation” and “Work and Employment”, Member States, the UN and civil society will discuss on-going progress and will share good practices on the effective implementation of the convention around the world.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted by the General Assembly in December 2006, coming into force in May 2008 upon the 20th ratification. Pakistan is the latest country to ratify on 5 July, making 103 the total number of countries which have ratified the convention so far. 

According to the convention, “the States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.” Since 2008, three sessions have been held at UN Headquarters in New York. 

More information: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1571

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